49ers Had Interest In Bears DC Vic Fangio

The 49ers expressed interest in forging a reunion with former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but the Bears — Fangio’s current employer — blocked the potential move, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee (Twitter link). Discussions never reached the point where the 49ers formally requested permission to interview Fangio, per Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com (Twitter link).Vic Fangio (Vertical)

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San Francisco hasn’t officially begun its search for a new defensive coordinator because it hasn’t officially hired a head coach, and although the club is fully expected to bring in Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as soon as he’s allowed to be hired, the 49ers are on hold until that time. However, the mere fact the San Francisco expressed interest in Fangio could mean that Shanahan has already — covertly, of course — begun reaching out to possible staff members in an effort to gauge interest.

Fangio, 58, served as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator from 2011-14 under former head coach Jim Harbaugh, delivering three top-five DVOA finishes during that time. After Harbaugh was fired, Fangio interviewed for San Francisco’s top job, but when the vacancy was filled by defensive line coach Jim Tomsula — a former subordinate — Fangio departed for Chicago, where he’s steadily improved the Bears’ defense during his two-year stay.

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12 comments on “49ers Had Interest In Bears DC Vic Fangio

  1. They should have hired him instead of Jimmy T but Baalke messed that one up. It is to bad he got blocked, if I were him I would much rather work for the 9ers than the freezing cold weather in Chicago

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    • ChiSoxCity

      All Californians care about is the weather. Not that weather in northern Cali is anything to brag about. Not to mention $1.5MM gets you a 900 sq. ft. slum in a crap neighborhood. Then there’s the incredibly rude people, but I digress.

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      • BayAreaSportsFan

        I have to agree. The year round 60 degree weather is great, but at what cost? Insane cost of living (30% of all new housing must be low income/section 8 including ocean front property) wrap your mind around that. Taxes are outragous and local governments are tyrannical. Of course I still live here so who am I to complain…

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        • 49ergirl

          Property taxes are insane and government is corrupt in Chicago as well.

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        • Yes but he crime rate in Bay area is less than half of Chicago area,

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        • I moved in 1985. I just never adjusted again to the silicon valley that grew up while I was gone to the Army in Germany since 1976.
          So I moved to PA. Corn fields and Amish! Laid back.

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      • mcdusty31

        I’ve suggested Rex a couple times…the guy is a bonehead but he can run a dominant 3-4 defense…if he can come into town and stay out of his own way and Shanahan’s way they might be able to make that marriage work…they really have so many missing pieces that they can run whatever type of defense they want and plug those holes with all the money Jed Dork and Baalke left on the table last season

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  2. Thronson5

    I am really curious to see who Shanahan can get to coach the defense. Rex Ryan? I know there are still a couple options out there but seems like they are not going to be too many options by time he actually gets to start hiring people. I would love to see the Falcon go to the Super Bowl and win but at the same time for the sake of my 9ers I am hoping their season comes to an end already so we can this thing going lol

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  3. Didn’t know they tried to talk to Vic again. Losing Vic was the biggest mistake of the Harbaugh clensing. Lets not put a pin in it just yet. All we need to do is make the Bears an offer they can’t refuse. (maybe a horsehead in the bed) “JUST A JOKE” And give Vic a major bonus (lost of cash and a new house) to come back home where he belongs.

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